93 new COVID-19 cases; 4 more deaths in Delhi

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New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The national capital recorded 93 fresh COVID-19 cases and four deaths due to the disease on Wednesday, according to data shared by the health department here.

The positivity rate stood at 0.12 per cent, slightly up from 0.11 per cent on Tuesday.

The four new fatalities have pushed the death toll in the city to 25,005, according to the latest bulletin. On Tuesday, Delhi had reported 79 cases and four deaths.

On February 16, 94 people had been diagnosed Covid positive while the daily tally was 96 on January 27, according to official figures.

The infection rate, which had reached 36 per cent in the last week of April, has come down to below 0.15 per cent now.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday inaugurated a genome-sequencing laboratory at the LNJP Hospital here and said it will detect the lethality of the coronavirus variants and help the government prepare accordingly.

The laboratory at the state-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital is the third such facility in north India, according to a statement issued by the Delhi government.

Despite fall in daily cases in the last several days, Kejriwal had recently cautioned that the chances of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic were quite real, while he asserted that his government was preparing on a 'war-footing' to combat it.

Delhi had been reeling under a brutal second wave of the pandemic that is sweeping the country, claiming a massive number of lives daily, with the recent oxygen supply shortage issue at various hospitals, adding to the woes.

Since April 19, both daily cases and single-day deaths count had been spiralling up, with over 28,000 cases and 277 deaths recorded on April 20; rising to 306 fatalities on April 22. On May 3, the city registered a record 448 deaths, according to the official data.

However, the number of cases have shown a downward trend and the positivity rate too has been shrinking in the last several days. The number of deaths per day has also been showing a decline in the last couple of days.

On May 15, Kejriwal had said, 'The virus is reducing in Delhi slowly and steadily, and I hope it diminishes completely and does not rise again. However, we are not going to become negligent in anyway', while sounding a tone of caution.

The Delhi government had earlier announced reopening of restaurants with 50 per cent capacity and one weekly market per municipal zone from June 14.

With close gathering of shoppers in markets and restaurants resuming business amid phased unlock in the national capital, doctors have cautioned that Delhi could face a 'worse than second wave situation' of COVID-19 if people do not adhere to safety norms or lower their guards.

A total of 78,582 tests, including 53,983 RT-PCR tests and 24,599 rapid antigen tests, were conducted a day ago, according to the health bulletin on Wednesday.

The number of cumulative cases on Wednesday stood at 14,34,780. Over 14 lakh patients have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases decreased to 858 on Wednesday from 833 a day before, according to the bulletin.

The number of people under home isolation decreased to 265 from 269 on Tuesday while the number of containment zones dropped to 644 from 652 a day before, the bulletin said. PTI KND KJ

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